- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted arbitrarily when it issued a federal plan to reduce haze in Arkansas and Missouri wilderness areas.

Rutledge on Thursday released copies of her comments sent to the EPA in response to the federal plan. Her comments criticize the federal agency for its rejection of a state plan to improve visibility in those areas.

Critics say the federal plan, which requires a reduction in emissions from the state’s coal-fired power plants, could cost the state’s utilities upward of $1 billion with minimal improvements.

The EPA issued a plan after reaching a settlement in March to a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club to force the state to create a plan that complied with the federal Clean Air Act.

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